British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Aim of the award

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Eligibility requirements

NOTE: These are based on eligibility of the 17/18 competition and may be subject to change.

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  2. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2018/19 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2016; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2019)
  3. Applicants in the 2018/19 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2016 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
  4. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.
  5. NOTE: If you are unsuccessful in the 2017-18 round you will require an invitation from the British Academy to submit an application to the scheme in future years.

Number of Awards: 45 awards are expected to be offered


Level of grant and tenure

 Awards are for three years


Timetable Applying for this scheme

University of Bristol operates an internal process for all applicants wishing to undertake their fellowship within the Faculty of Arts. Those selected for submission will be given the support of the Research and Enterprise Development (RED) team to develop the proposal for the British Academy.

  • Interested applicants must identify a potential mentor and make contact with them to scope out areas of shared interest as early as possible.
  • Prospective applicants draft an application and submit it to their mentor no later than 18 June 2018. Application forms can be requested from RED - or
  • Mentors forward drafts and short written paragraph of support to School Research Directors 19 June 2018
  • Schools review drafts and select preferred candidates, notifying successful candidates and RED by 2 July 2018
  • Information and Training session for selected candidates 11 July 2018
  • Applicants, with guidance from their Mentor and RED, continue to develop their proposal
  • British Academy (BA) call opens towards the end of August 2018
  • Draft Applications submitted to RED ( no later than 10September 2018 for final feedback
  • Applications submitted to BA estimated to be 8 October 2018 via the fluent Flexi-Grant system

For more information, please click here.

School Directors of Research

School of Humanities: Helen Fulton,
School of Modern Languages: Charles Burdett,
School of Arts: Angela Piccini,

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